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Re: How long will it take?

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It took a long time for me to catch my first trout, once I got started again.

Although you never can tell- on my very first outing after I got back into the game, a huge trout on Penn's ate my fly- the cheapest wet March brown tie imaginable, a Japanese make from my 1970s fly box, big duck quill wing with too much hackle and a tan chenille body on a #12 hook- right in front of me. I saw the drift, the white of trout's mouth as it opened. But I didn't hook the fish, because I had tied my tippet with a defective blood knot. It unraveled in the water and came loose before the trout even took.

Then I realized- wait, that actually happened.

So remember to pay attention to the basics. A solid line-leader-fly connection. A leader that turns over. Practice your knots at home. (I usually use a double surgeon's knot for tying tippets these days.) Don't be in a hurry on the stream. Move quiet and slow. Try to spot fish in the water. Don't thrash the same pool to oblivion all afternoon. 20 minutes tops, unless fish are rising.

And don't think that there's no way you can catch anything, just because you're a beginner.

I started off going after sunnies in the very beginning, when I was about 13.

Posted on: 2013/3/7 12:59


Re: How long will it take?

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Tie on a black wooly bugger, size 10. Crimp a split shot or two to get the fly down fairly close to the bottom. Keep tossing it into "fishy" looking spots. You should catch something on the first trip... especially early in the season. As Penn Kev so astutely put. It ain't art. It's fishing.

Posted on: 2013/3/7 13:54
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Re: How long will it take?

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I caught 2 wild browns on my first flyfishing trip. My friend who has many years flyfishing experience took me to Penns Creek on a nice warm mid-march afternoon. I caught them both on a size 18 BWO nymph. I have been hooked (pun intended )ever since. Hang in there and do not give up. The longer you fish and the more experience you get the more confidence you will have in your ability to catch fish.I remember being happy with 3 or 4 trout for a trip. My expections are somewhat higher now. You will find out however no matter how good you think you are sometimes the trout are just not hungry. Good luck and have fun.

Posted on: 2013/3/7 14:30
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Re: How long will it take?

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Welcome!
It took me several outing over a couple of years before catching my first trout on a fly, but what fun when I learned a bit more about Ffing.

Posted on: 2013/3/7 14:57
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Re: How long will it take?

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Welcome to the jungle.

It took me over a month to get my first trout "on the fly" and about 30 minutes to get the next one.

I've been fortunate to have some good friends who are determined to see me catch fish and have worked on my techniques.

If you can, come to the Newbie Jam on March 16th and let people know you are still looking for your first trout. You will get plenty of assistance.

Dave

Posted on: 2013/3/7 16:15


Re: How long will it take?

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Welcome to the site. My first trout on the fly took me about a year. I started off ffing for bass, and I enjoyed using the fly rod. I asked for one for Christmas that year, and I got one. This was about 7 years ago, (I was 13 at the time) and I had this idea that the only trout worth catching was a wild one, and I was too stupid to fish for stockies as a beginner. 9 months later, and about 25 outings, I went to a local stream, which a neighbor told be had "trouts" in it. My first cast under that bridge, Bam! A 8 inch chub. 2 casts later and i had my first trout on a fly, a 7 inch wild brown, on a size 12 PT nymph. The fishing gods must have been looking down on me that day, because i went back to that stream about 20 more times that year and only caught 4 trout. My advice is keep it simple, buy about 10 Pheasant tail nymphs and woolly buggers, and go out and have fun. Its a wonderful sport, and I'm sure you will enjoy it.

Posted on: 2013/3/7 16:45


Re: How long will it take?

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the first time, in a stocked pond.

the fish parks are a good place.

it was a windy day and i cast out and the wind drifted the line across the pond and one drift after about 45 minutes and wham !

i lost a couple of fish before i landed one then i lost a couple more.

i was using small ptn's or midges/buzzers in red

the next week, i did the same and caught two. the week after no wind so i tried stripping them and caught one.

its trial and error, and practice.

best of luck.

Posted on: 2013/3/7 17:50
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Re: How long will it take?

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Thanks guys for all the info! I'll just have to practice there is a pond near my house that I can practice for bass on.

Posted on: 2013/3/8 12:07


Re: How long will it take?

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I also have a camp along bluejayQuote:

pcray1231 wrote:
I'm very familiar with both streams, but especially the Tionesta. We have a camp on German Hill and I have fished it all my life, probably consider it my "home" stream. Most familiar with the lower end, from say Blue Jay down to Kelletville.

Bug life is pretty caddis centered. Mayflies have been making a very noticable comeback the last few years. But it doesn't have near the bug life of nearby streams like Oil Creek. I've seen sporadic risers at times, and done well on wet flies during what passes as a "hatch" there. But generally I do best with "non-bugs" there. They stock mostly bows in the early stockings and I do the best by far with egg imitations. Later in the season they stock mostly browns, and woolly buggers and streamers in general do best. Also, the stream has a ridiculous number of crayfish. Late in the season as brown trout fade to smallies, you can do well for both on crayfish imitations.

It is very cold in the early season, sometimes making fishing tough. The old "it's the direction of change, not the actual temperature" holds pretty well, if the weather is on a warming trend things are good, cold fronts put it off. And it warms quickly, transitioning to bass water in late May/early June. But it's stocked heavy, it's big and long and the people spread out, and thus fishing can be very good for a few weeks there. The whole system is also loaded with small wild brookie streams, which fish best in June right as the Tionesta is transitioning to warmwater. Plus, umm, Oil is within striking distance, with better hatches, more dry fly opportunities, and the cool water/good fishing typically holds on longer, into early July on a cooler/wetter year.

As far as how long it takes to catch fish. I transitioned from bait/spin fishing, which was a big help. I already had most of the skills in regards to knowing when and where and with what to fish, reading water, etc. I was catching a few after only 2-3 outings. And I progressively got better from there. It still took me 4 or 5 years, and probably around 500 outings, to get to the point where I was outfishing my old bait fishing self. You gotta have fun with the learning process, or else you'll inevitably quit and go back to bait where the catching is often easier.

Posted on: 2013/3/8 12:17



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